5 - What Sharp Teeth You Have!

The dentist's office is never much fun. Imagine having fangs.

Yep you heard me, fangs. Porcelain had elongated 'fangs', and they were very sharp.

     Porcelain screamed, "OUCH!" as she accidentally punctured her tongue with her sharp teeth. This was the second time that week! How on earth did the nine year old so easily keep putting holes in her tongue? Her mother decided to take a look in her mouth. Sure enough, her daughter's top canines were razor-like knives. At this point, she'd be set if she decided to pierce her tongue when she was older!

     Having such teeth for a child was proving to be a disadvantage because her tongue was always sore, although she enjoyed spewing at people and giggled immensely every time. Many in the family had inherited the same shark-like teeth. This wasn't weird to her at all, but when school pictures came around, she would don a closed smile. The other kids didn't have teeth like hers and Porcelain was a shy kid in public, despite her bubbly attitude.

     This was partly because she knew she was different. Her whole family was different from others. And if the world had taught her anything so far, it was people who were different were treated badly. Luckily for Porcelain's mother, she hadn't bit anyone at school! Trust me, she was pretty tempted to. Why elongated teeth you may ask? The gums pull away from the teeth, leaving  them to look longer than they really are. However, Porcelain's family had teeth that resembled vampire fangs from legends.

     One day, Porcelain bit her tongue so hard it wouldn't stop bleeding for quite a few minutes. Her mother worried she would develop an infection if this kept up. Upon looking into Porcelain's mouth, she made an astonishing discovery! There was an extra tooth behind her front teeth! It was a supernumerary tooth! It would require a trip to the dentist though! Off we go!

     Hyperdontia is a condition in which a person has supernumerary teeth (too many) in their mouth. It can range from mild to severe and is uncommon for girls to develop. EPP can also cause erythrodontia (more often seen in CEP, rare in EPP), a condition where porphyrins accumulate in the teeth.

     The dental visit proved to be a stressful one. As usual, the incandescent lights bothered Porcelain's eyes. She always had terrible headaches afterwards. Back in the day, they didn't have brown-tinted glasses for people to use. The orthodontist would remove the extra tooth with a surgery. She always needed more novocaine than most, because it wore off quickly. Fortunately for Porcelain, she was asleep for the procedure.

     The dentist asked her mother a very important question concerning Porcelain's 'fangs'. They were becoming a real problem and could disfigure her tongue later on in life if it wasn't taken care of right then. Her mother agreed to file her daughter's teeth down, but only a little. Porcelain might have wanted to keep her fangs as an adult, so her mother only allowed a small length to be dulled. Don't worry! Porcelain still had her sharp fangs; she wouldn't be constantly injuring herself anymore.

What sharp fangs she had, though not better to eat with! Fangs for reading! Till next time!

A link for Hyperdontia for your viewing pleasure:

Erythrodontia in CEP: congenital erythropoietic porphyria (rare in EPP)

Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (fanged teeth, fewer teeth)

Pictures of Hyperdontia and fangs that can happen. You have been warned:

Ectodermal dysplasia; oligodontia and peg-shaped incisors. 

Hypomelanosis of Ito; talon cusp on central incisor.